Thursday, July 17, 2008

CERT Tiered Approach Listed in VDEM Weekly EM Update

A nice synopsis of the Fairfax County CERT classes appeared in http://www.vaemergency.com/emupdate/08_emupdate/071608.htm. Here is the text in full:
Fairfax County's Community Emergency Response Team program is introducing a new tiered approach to training citizen responders. Instructors will offer the current course at three levels that build upon each other.

* CERT is the original Federal Emergency Management Agency course.
* CERT Level 2 is the original FEMA course with additional hands-on training and applications of learned skills, which Fairfax County CERT has taught for the past five years.
* CERT Level 3 will offer added training for CERT Level 2 members to integrate them into existing county incident command structures. Fairfax County Fire and Rescue instructors and other county agencies will lead the course, which will require a member background check and written and practical examinations. Upon successful completion, CERT Level 3 members will be provided accountability credentials and join the county call-out system, a plan that is currently under development.

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